The sod has been turned on the site where Central Institute of Technology’s new Mining and Renewable Energy Training Centre will be built.
The site was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier and Central Managing Director Neil Fernandes at a groundbreaking ceremony at Central’s East Perth campus today.
Central's Managing Director Neil Fernandes said the new centre would provide state-of-the-art facilities for training in the mining and renewable energy industries.
"The centre will provide young Western Australians with the opportunity to develop sought after skills based on highly practical training programs using industry standard facilities," Neil said.
"The construction of the centre reinforces Central’s position as major training provider based in the heart of Perth city, catering for over 26,000 students."
Training and Workforce Development Minister Collier said the development would allow Central to deliver high-quality technical training to meet industry demand.
"Mining and green skills training are major growth areas for the Western Australian economy," the Minister said.
"The new centre at Central will enable the State to better respond to industry demand in these areas, providing specialised training in mining exploration, mineral processing, geology, gold assaying, and solar panel and wind turbine installation and maintenance.
"It will also consolidate Central’s training delivery in the key areas of resource development, creative industries, community services and science-based disciplines."
The $3.3million centre is located at Central’s East Perth campus and is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth governments. It is expected for completion at the end of this year.
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